Well, it finally happened.... i've got an egg eater

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by ninjascrub69, Jan 24, 2011.

  1. ninjascrub69

    ninjascrub69 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Aug 13, 2010
    Bloomingdale, MI
    Yesterday i was collecting eggs, and one of my production reds was in one of the nest boxes. Since i was already out there, i decided to wait for her to lay the egg, so i sat there for a while, and she just backed out of the nest box, so i looked in and saw an egg shell (the egg was layed by my BA) covered in yolk. Is there something i can do to make her stop eating eggs? And why isnt she eating her own? (I get one of her eggs every day, so i know she isnt eating them)
     
  2. emys

    emys Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 19, 2008
    Idaho
    Sorry to hear it. At least you know who is doing it!!

    Unless the egg she was eating was a soft shell or this shell egg, you may have to separate her and try a mustard egg on her to see if you can break the habit.
     
  3. ninjascrub69

    ninjascrub69 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:It did have a relatively thin shell, so will I have to worry about her eating more eggs, or will she leave eggs with regular shells alone?
     
  4. emys

    emys Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 19, 2008
    Idaho
    That's good it was thin shelled, it probably broke by accident then.

    Time will tell if she has decided all eggs are food. If you don't already have some, put a few wooden eggs in the boxes to help discourage her from trying more eggs, or house her apart for a little while with some wooden eggs for company. Try to collect the real ones as soon as possible for awhile if you are leaving her in the main coop.
     
  5. jmc

    jmc Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 22, 2008
    South Central MA
    Quote:It did have a relatively thin shell, so will I have to worry about her eating more eggs, or will she leave eggs with regular shells alone?

    she will go for regular-shelled eggs, also, and will teach others to do so; they learn very fast............................
     

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